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Canada, U.K. strike transitional post-Brexit trade deal

Nov 21 2020 — Janyce McGregor — Canada and the United Kingdom have reached an interim post-Brexit trade agreement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Saturday. “Now we get to continue to work on a bespoke agreement, a comprehensive agreement, over the coming years that will really maximize our trade opportunities and boost things for everyone,” Trudeau […]

Some progress in European trade disputes, Verheul says

Nov 17 2020 — Alex Binkley — Resolving disputes with the EU takes longer than it should.   Ottawa—While there are signs of progress in overcoming European obstacles to Canadian agrifood shipments, Ottawa will have to keep the pressure on, says veteran trade negotiator Steve Verheul. Pork and beef shipments still face the most difficulties under the three-year old free trade with […]

What to expect on the trade file from a Biden administration

Nov 9 2020 — Janyce McGregor — On the morning of the U.S. election, a Vancouver radio host asked Justin Trudeau what topped his list of cross-border concerns. “Trade,” the prime minister said. “Continuing access to the American market, making sure we’re defending Canadian jobs, defending Canadian workers and ensuring a smooth flow of goods across the border, even in a difficult […]

Trade issues would have been a challenge even without Covid

Oct 27 2020 — Alex Binkley — CAPI sets out a game plan for making the most of the chaos.   Ottawa—Rules-based international trade was in trouble before COVID-19 lead to national policies and subsidies that amplified the chaos, says the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). To cope with the situation, Canada needs to build up its sustainability credentials and find like-minded […]

Robert Lighthizer just blew up 60 years of trade policy. Nobody knows what happens now

Oct 20 2020 — — On a spring day in 2017, Robert Lighthizer walked through the doors of the office of the United States Trade Representative to introduce himself to the career staff who had shepherded American trade policy for a generation. After a chaotic few months awaiting Lighthizer’s confirmation, officials were eager for stability; Lighthizer offered deep expertise in […]

After dairy and metals, U.S. trade hawks setting sights on foreign berries, produce

Oct 5 2020 — James McCarten, The Canadian Press — WASHINGTON, Wash. — After waging war on Canadian dairy, steel and aluminum, Donald Trump's White House appears to be setting its sights on new foreign trade invaders: blueberries and raspberries.  U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer served notice last week that the Trump administration fears domestic producers are being unfairly harmed by what they call a […]

The European trade deal has been a disappointment for agrifood

Sep 22 2020 — Alex Binkley — Trade minister, former premiers agree agrifood shortchanged in trade deal.   Ottawa-While the Canada-Europe free trade deal is usually described in glowing terms for its benefits to the Canadian economy, it hasn’t worked out for the country’s farmers, says Dan Darling, President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA). The deal reached its third anniversary […]

Business groups warn ‘clock is ticking’ for Canada-U.K. trade deal

Sep 21 2020 — Janyce McGregor — With only three months to go, businesses that trade between Canada and the United Kingdom are worried about not having a post-Brexit deal in place. Although the United Kingdom left the European Union in January, the terms of the EU’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada continue to apply until Dec. 31, offering […]

Former premiers urge PM to press EU on trade barriers

Sep 21 2020 — Steven Chase — Five former premiers have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to take direct action to fix problems with the Canada-European Union trade deal that they say are thwarting Canadian agri-food sales to the 27-country market. Signatories of the letter include Jean Charest, the former Quebec premier who helped kick-start negotiations that led to […]